Ainscough Crane Operator Receives Safety Award

Crane operator Sean Mason, 54 originally from Essex but now resident in Scotland, has become the first recipient of an on-site safety award at the Assel Valley Wind Farm in South Ayrshire, Scotland.

The site team of wind turbine manufacturer, Nordex, which is delivering the development for the UK subsidiary of Italian energy company Falck Renewables, have recognised Sean’s contribution to the Nordex Site Safety Observation Card initiative.

The initiative asks all on-site staff to fill in cards with their observations about the site’s safety with a weekly prize of a £50 retail voucher presented for the most important suggestion.

Immediately after his induction, Sean flagged up a risk at the welfare cabin close to the lift pad he was working at. Owing to its position, exiting the unit was difficult due to a large step down onto uneven ground. Sean raised the issue which was immediately rectified by the Nordex team.

Based in the Heavy Cranes Division at the Preston depot, Sean has worked with Ainscough for nine years after serving 25 years in the armed forces and 18 months as an HGV driver. Upon receiving the award, he said: “It is fantastic to receive this recognition for simply being vigilant and looking after myself and colleagues. People can take site safety for granted but what can seem like unimportant and innocuous detail can have huge impacts on people’s lives.

“It’s up to all of us to ensure we have a safe environment to work in and it is great that our customers incentivise on-site safety in this way.”

Ainscough Commercial Director Derek Gow said “we actively encourage the team to always Make the Safe Choice, we support the Nordex’s Site Safety approach, it’s great that Sean has been recognised for supporting the initiative”.

Ainscough Wind Energy Services are building 10 wind turbines for the Principle Contactor RJ McLeod and turbine manufacturer Nordex at the Assel Valley Wind Farm.

Ainscough Crane Hire Restore Tudor Hall

Market leading national lifting company, Ainscough Crane Hire, working in partnership with the special projects team of Select Plant Hire, has provided a major boost to the restoration of a Tudor hall in Manchester which was partially destroyed by fire.

In the early hours of March 15, 2016, arsonists set the 16th Century Wythenshawe Hall alight causing severe damage to the building which was in danger of collapsing at one point.

With fire-fighters controlling the blaze, thoughts turned to the building’s restoration which started late last week with the removal of the building’s bell tower.

With a framework of scaffolding in place around the building, Ainscough’s team from the Stockport depot used a Liebherr LTM 1100/2, fitted with a specially designed cradle, to lift the hall’s bell tower off the building.

It was a delicate procedure which was captured by the hall’s staff and shared via social media.

Manchester depot manager, Garry Burke, said: “Wythenshawe Hall is such an iconic building locally and it was a huge shame it was damaged in this way. The lift was a challenge as the building has suffered so badly from the fire.

“It’s amazing to think that the bell tower has been in situ for almost 500 years before we carefully lifted it off. It is obviously very sad circumstances for all those who care about the hall but now that work has started, perhaps they can see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Paul Selby from The Friends of Wythenshawe Hall added: “It was quite a sight to see the bell tower removed from the hall and rather emotional for us. It was something which needed to happen in order for the next phases of the restoration to be undertaken.

“We can’t praise Ainscough’s staff highly enough for the dedication, professionalism and precision with which they completed the lift.”

Cllr Sue Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “A huge amount of work has already gone into helping protect Wythenshawe Hall, most visibly the scaffold cocoon that is helping to stabilise the damaged areas of the property and will support the new temporary roofing.

“Inside, countless hours have been spent making sure anything that can be saved is saved. Everything from the largest pieces of furniture that were on display in the building, to the smallest artefacts being unearthed by highly-trained archaeologists.

“It will be a long road to recovery for the building, but working with our partners and the friends’ group, we will see Wythenshawe Hall back to its best.”

Ainscough Crane Hire’s New Online Procurement System

Ainscough are pleased to announce its first dedicated e-procurement system, ‘Ains-go-procure’, which is now live on our website.

The new network has been designed to ensure that a safety conscious supply chain is maintained as part of Ainscough’s continued commitment to its zero harm culture. Working with suppliers that share Ainscough’s vision of safety, the procurement team take rigorous steps to certify suppliers hold the same globally recognised qualifications as Ainscough. Now these steps have been formatted in to one, easy to use, online procurement hub.

Ains-go-procure covers the whole Ainscough group; Ainscough Crane Hire, James Jack and Ainscough Wind Energy Services and focuses on the supplier relationship management, contract management and sourcing events from engineering to fleet and transport or healthcare to telecoms. Such events will be published on the e-procurement system, allowing potential suppliers to register their interest directly on the system.

This bespoke supplier system centralises the supplier interest and registration process by ensuring each supplier can be reviewed and verified in accordance with Ainscough’s high standards. In turn, this will save valuable time for the procurement team and the depot in which they support.

If you represent a company that would like to work with Ainscough Crane Hire, James Jack or Ainscough Wind Energy Services and you would like to express an interest in becoming a part of our supply chain, please click here to be taken to the new Ains-go-procure supplier system.

Ainscough Crane Hire’s Safety Approach Recognised

Renewable energy company, Senvion Wind Energy, has recognised the commitment to site safety Ainscough are delivering at its Penmanshiel Wind Farm development in the Scottish borders.

Senvion has been appointed by renewable developer RES to build a 14-turbine array close to the North Sea coast approximately 40 miles east of Edinburgh.

Ainscough crane operative, Denis Lockwood, who has taken a lead on the delivery of day-to-day site safety, has been recognised by Senvion for his professionalism and commitment. Denis was appointed as the Site Safety Champion after ensuring the on-site Ainscough team were fully appraised of their safety responsibilities through regular briefings.

His efforts were recognised by the customer and Denis was awarded with a £100 gift voucher and a framed letter of recognition from Senvion’s Managing Director – Raymond Gilfedder.

Senvion’s site manager, Dale Bladon said: “What really struck us about Denis’ approach was that he was undertaking this activity for the right reasons. It wasn’t box ticking to him or covering himself, he takes this action to ensure the safety of himself and his colleagues.

“It’s heartening to know that we have contractors like this on our sites and we were only too happy to acknowledge his professionalism and dedication to the role.”

Denis added: “The safety of ourselves and our colleagues is of principal concern to everything we do and we cannot and will not compromise on its imposition.

“That we are an experienced and professional team undoubtedly helps in ensuring health and safety is at the forefront of everybody’s thoughts. We are proud to be recognised but we don’t ever take safety for granted.”

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